Volunteer

lend a hand to those with tails

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

GHHS relies almost entirely upon volunteers, and we’re always looking for kind-hearted and responsible people to help us in our mission.

Volunteers can fill a variety of roles, such as guest escorts, dog walkers, feline socializers, cleaning, and thrift store sorters and pricers. You can volunteer in as many areas as you’d like, or focus on one particular job.

We appreciate each volunteer’s time!


There is not a minimum amount of hours you are required to meet; however we may ask you to return to general orientation if you have not volunteered within the past six months. This ensures volunteers are kept up to date on GHHS procedures. Only those volunteers with ten or more hours in a six-month timeframe will be kept “active”.

By agreeing to volunteer, you understand that GHHS cannot be held responsible for damages of personal property or injuries. This includes but is not limited to animal bites, wear and tear of clothes, vandalism, and all accidents or injuries.

All volunteers under the 19 years of age will be required to provide a parental consent form prior to volunteering.

All volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation prior to being hands-on.

Additional training is required for specific jobs and will be discussed at orientation in detail.

Group volunteering

GHHS is always open to group volunteering, since some jobs are easier with many hands.

Ages 6+

Our youngest volunteers can sign up to read to the animals through our Paws for Reading program. Parental supervision is required.

Ages 13+

Our teenage volunteers are welcome to come in and assist with more tasks than ever! Becoming a teenager allows you to start helping with small animal socialization, cleaning duties, and the thrift store (with additional training). Parental supervision is required.

Ages 16+

Volunteer on-site and off-site, including dog walking!

Volunteer Positions

  • Small Animal Socializing

    Spend some time with our cats and kittens in our predominantly free-roaming cat room or stroll on our puppy patio and enjoy frolicking puppies.

  • Dog Walker

    (must be 19+ years old and additional training required)
    Our adult dogs need love, too! Help our “big kids” learn basic cues like sit, stay, down, off, and come. Then have a little fun playing fetch or enjoy some quiet cuddle time. Each dog’s needs are a little different. So, you never know what kind of fun you may have.

  • Cleaning Support

    From 8am until 10am, our kennel staff is working hard to get the shelter spic-n-span prior to opening our doors to the public. Come give them a hand by sweeping, mopping, taking out the trash, cleaning windows, etc.

  • Front Desk

    (additional training required)
    If you love to smile and enjoy helping people, the front desk is for you! The front desk is our first line of communication with the public in person and over the phone so it is especially important that customer service is your top priority!

  • Administrative Helper

    Some type of filing always needs to be done and there is a need for copying, collating, and assembling documents.

  • Special Events

    We are out in the community pretty much all year involved in adoption events, fundraisers, and community service projects. Many times we are in need of dog walkers for events. But, just as much, we can utilize a friendly face to speak to the public about GHHS, our mission and volunteer opportunities. One or two onsite events are scheduled each year as well.

  • Thrift Store

    The Thrift Store is a fun place to volunteer. The staff is really hands-on with the volunteers; working side by side to accomplish tasks. Tiger Lily, Mr. Smee, and Coco round our your volunteer experience! The Thrift Store sales totaled over $250k in 2017 and that money goes right back into the shelter to care for the animals. Donations are accepted daily until 4pm and are tax deductible.

  • Animal Photographer

    (Additional Training Required)
    Animal photography is a fun and creative way of being a part of helping homeless animals find a family! You must have your own digital camera (no cell phones please.) You will need to save, edit, and email pictures the same day that they are taken to a staff member so they can be uploaded to our websites. Please send pictures in a jpeg format or use Dropbox.

  • Tour Guides

    When touring, greet the potential adopters and tell them your name. Find out what type of animal they are looking for, i.e., smaller dogs/larger dogs/puppies,kittens/cats, etc. Show them our available animals. Please ask them not to put their hands inside the kennels or in the cages. Tell them what you know about any animal they are interested in. If you don’t know the animal, find a staff member to help you. Most of all, Listen!

  • King's Kitchen

    King’s Kitchen is our food pantry program. We distribute pet food to qualifying families twice a month; the second Wednesday in the afternoon and the last Saturday in the morning. This is a great opportunity to help educate program participants about flea and heartworm prevention and the importance of spay/neuter.

  • Paws for Reading

    Looking for a volunteer activity for your young person? Enjoy reading your self? Paws for Reading is for you! Volunteers as young as 6 years old can spend time at GHHS (accompanied by a parent,) reading to our cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. The animals enjoy it and the children are given the opportunity to improve their reading skills. Adults are welcome, too!

  • Lucky Dog

    Our humane education program is fairly new; join us as we grow this exciting opportunity! We visit local schools, YMCA’s and Boys and Girls Clubs to share info about animal care in a two-part program geared towards third and fifth graders.

Volunteer Positions 16-19

  • Small Animal Socializing

    Spend some time with our cats and kittens in our predominantly free-roaming cat room or stroll on our puppy patio and enjoy frolicking puppies.

  • Dog Walker

    (must be 19+ years old and additional training required)
    Our adult dogs need love, too! Help our “big kids” learn basic cues like sit, stay, down, off, and come. Then have a little fun playing fetch or enjoy some quiet cuddle time. Each dog’s needs are a little different. So, you never know what kind of fun you may have.

  • Cleaning Support

    From 8am until 10am, our kennel staff is working hard to get the shelter spic-n-span prior to opening our doors to the public. Come give them a hand by sweeping, mopping, taking out the trash, cleaning windows, etc.

  • Front Desk

    (additional training required)
    If you love to smile and enjoy helping people, the front desk is for you! The front desk is our first line of communication with the public in person and over the phone so it is especially important that customer service is your top priority!

  • Administrative Helper

    Some type of filing always needs to be done and there is a need for copying, collating, and assembling documents.

  • Special Events

    We are out in the community pretty much all year involved in adoption events, fundraisers, and community service projects. Many times we are in need of dog walkers for events. But, just as much, we can utilize a friendly face to speak to the public about GHHS, our mission and volunteer opportunities. One or two onsite events are scheduled each year as well.

  • Thrift Store

    The Thrift Store is a fun place to volunteer. The staff is really hands-on with the volunteers; working side by side to accomplish tasks. Tiger Lily, Mr. Smee, and Coco round our your volunteer experience! The Thrift Store sales totaled over $250k in 2017 and that money goes right back into the shelter to care for the animals. Donations are accepted daily until 4pm and are tax deductible.

  • Animal Photographer

    (Additional Training Required)
    Animal photography is a fun and creative way of being a part of helping homeless animals find a family! You must have your own digital camera (no cell phones please.) You will need to save, edit, and email pictures the same day that they are taken to a staff member so they can be uploaded to our websites. Please send pictures in a jpeg format or use Dropbox.

  • Tour Guides

    When touring, greet the potential adopters and tell them your name. Find out what type of animal they are looking for, i.e., smaller dogs/larger dogs/puppies,kittens/cats, etc. Show them our available animals. Please ask them not to put their hands inside the kennels or in the cages. Tell them what you know about any animal they are interested in. If you don’t know the animal, find a staff member to help you. Most of all, Listen!

  • King's Kitchen

    King’s Kitchen is our food pantry program. We distribute pet food to qualifying families twice a month; the second Wednesday in the afternoon and the last Saturday in the morning. This is a great opportunity to help educate program participants about flea and heartworm prevention and the importance of spay/neuter.

  • Paws for Reading

    Looking for a volunteer activity for your young person? Enjoy reading your self? Paws for Reading is for you! Volunteers as young as 6 years old can spend time at GHHS (accompanied by a parent,) reading to our cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. The animals enjoy it and the children are given the opportunity to improve their reading skills. Adults are welcome, too!

  • Lucky Dog

    Our humane education program is fairly new; join us as we grow this exciting opportunity! We visit local schools, YMCA’s and Boys and Girls Clubs to share info about animal care in a two-part program geared towards third and fifth graders.

  • Pet Wellness Clinic

    We have partnered with Dr. Rene Holt of Rocket City Mobile Vet to offer discounted wellness exams and vaccines to pets of qualifying families on the second Saturday of each month. Volunteers help with greeting clients, completing paperwork and assisting with animals.

Volunteer Positions 19+

  • Small Animal Socializing

    ** Spend some time with our cats and kittens in our predominantly free-roaming cat room or stroll on our puppy patio and enjoy frolicking puppies.

  • Dog Walker

    (must be 19+ years old and additional training required)
    Our adult dogs need love, too! Help our “big kids” learn basic cues like sit, stay, down, off, and come. Then have a little fun playing fetch or enjoy some quiet cuddle time. Each dog’s needs are a little different. So, you never know what kind of fun you may have.

  • Cleaning Support

    From 8am until 10am, our kennel staff is working hard to get the shelter spic-n-span prior to opening our doors to the public. Come give them a hand by sweeping, mopping, taking out the trash, cleaning windows, etc.

  • Front Desk

    (additional training required)
    If you love to smile and enjoy helping people, the front desk is for you! The front desk is our first line of communication with the public in person and over the phone so it is especially important that customer service is your top priority!

  • Administrative Helper

    Some type of filing always needs to be done and there is a need for copying, collating, and assembling documents.

  • Special Events

    We are out in the community pretty much all year involved in adoption events, fundraisers, and community service projects. Many times we are in need of dog walkers for events. But, just as much, we can utilize a friendly face to speak to the public about GHHS, our mission and volunteer opportunities. One or two onsite events are scheduled each year as well.

  • Thrift Store

    The Thrift Store is a fun place to volunteer. The staff is really hands-on with the volunteers; working side by side to accomplish tasks. Tiger Lily, Mr. Smee, and Coco round our your volunteer experience! The Thrift Store sales totaled over $250k in 2017 and that money goes right back into the shelter to care for the animals. Donations are accepted daily until 4pm and are tax deductible.

  • Animal Photographer

    (Additional Training Required)
    Animal photography is a fun and creative way of being a part of helping homeless animals find a family! You must have your own digital camera (no cell phones please.) You will need to save, edit, and email pictures the same day that they are taken to a staff member so they can be uploaded to our websites. Please send pictures in a jpeg format or use Dropbox.

  • Tour Guides

    When touring, greet the potential adopters and tell them your name. Find out what type of animal they are looking for, i.e., smaller dogs/larger dogs/puppies,kittens/cats, etc. Show them our available animals. Please ask them not to put their hands inside the kennels or in the cages. Tell them what you know about any animal they are interested in. If you don’t know the animal, find a staff member to help you. Most of all, Listen!

  • King's Kitchen

    King’s Kitchen is our food pantry program. We distribute pet food to qualifying families twice a month; the second Wednesday in the afternoon and the last Saturday in the morning. This is a great opportunity to help educate program participants about flea and heartworm prevention and the importance of spay/neuter.

  • Paws for Reading

    Looking for a volunteer activity for your young person? Enjoy reading your self? Paws for Reading is for you! Volunteers as young as 6 years old can spend time at GHHS (accompanied by a parent,) reading to our cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. The animals enjoy it and the children are given the opportunity to improve their reading skills. Adults are welcome, too!

  • Lucky Dog

    Our humane education program is fairly new; join us as we grow this exciting opportunity! We visit local schools, YMCA’s and Boys and Girls Clubs to share info about animal care in a two-part program geared towards third and fifth graders.

  • Pet Wellness Clinic

    We have partnered with Dr. Rene Holt of Rocket City Mobile Vet to offer discounted wellness exams and vaccines to pets of qualifying families on the second Saturday of each month. Volunteers help with greeting clients, completing paperwork and assisting with animals.